I want to thank everyone for there prayers. I will be ready for next season. We still got a Super Bowl to win!
— Christopher Clemons (@chrisclemons91) January 7, 2013
RENTON — Defensive end Chris Clemons suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second half of Sunday’s game at Washington, an injury that will require surgery.
“We’ll miss him,” coach Pete Carroll said. “[It’s] a big loss for us in a lot of ways. Chris has been a great football player, just a symbol of consistency for the years we’ve had them. But he’s been a great leader for us and a tough dude, and a guy we just have become very comfortable with.”
Rookie Bruce Irvin moves into the starting lineup while defensive end Greg Scruggs will also work as a reserve. Seattle could look to add a pass rusher this week as well.
Specifically, Clemons suffered a torn anterior-cruciate ligament (ACL) and damaged meniscus.
There has been a great deal of discussion about the role the turf at Washington’s stadium may have played. It was a natural grass surface, but very loose and difficult for players to maintain footing. Did that play a factor in Clemons’ injury?
“I don’t know that,” Carroll said. “As he planted, there was a push on him by the offensive lineman that kind of hit simultaneous when his foot planted, and he got caught. I don’t know that. The field was not a great turf to play on. There was a lot of loose footing out there.”
Kicker Steven Hauschka suffered a strained calf in the game, which forced him to miss one kickoff. Hauschka returned and kicked two field goals after suffering the injury, and Carroll said that Hauschka’s calf was improved Monday, but that will remain a situation the team monitors. Seattle expects to work out some kickers on Tuesday, looking at a potential replacement for Hauschka should he not be able to play.